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  • Nona Lee Rooni

    Feb 22, 2024

    RAMSAY, Mich. - Nona Lee Rooni, 83, a longtime resident of Ramsay, enjoyed living with her son and daughter-in-law, David and Stacie Rooni, and their children in Wakefield, for the past year. She passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield, with her loving family at her side. Nona was born on June 22, 1940, in Baltic, Houghton County, Michigan, a daughter of Douglas Paul and Martha (Raty) Mattson. On April 5, 1958, Nona was united in...

  • Terri Lynn Carlson

    Feb 22, 2024

    LAKE GOGEBIC, Mich. — Terri Lynn (Behrens) Carlson, age 79, passed away peacefully in her home on the western shore of Lake Gogebic on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. Terri was born in Minneapolis and raised in the upper Midwest in a family rooted in faith and the farming culture of southern Minnesota. Terri and her husband of 55 years, Kenneth, married in 1968. Terri graduated from Valparaiso University and earned her master’s degree in social work from Washington University. Over the course of her career, she worked with Lutheran Social Service...

  • Guy Richard Jacobson

    Feb 22, 2024

    LOMBARD, Ill. - Guy Richard Jacobson, 63, of Lombard, Illinois, passed away Jan. 29, 2024. Guy was born July 19, 1960, to Diane and Richard Jacobson, formally of Ironwood, Michigan. He graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1978. He graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology in 1981 with a degree in electronics engineering. He worked for Zenith and the U.S. Postal Sevice. Guy married Jennifer Pomerich at Summit Lake on Mt. Evans in Colorado on 9/9/99. She survives. He is also survived...

  • Kathleen 'Kay' Kuula

    Feb 22, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Kathleen "Kay" Kuula, 86, of Ironwood, passed away on Feb. 15, 2024, just shy of her 87th birthday by three weeks while residing at the Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley, Wisconsin. Kay was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, on March 9, 1937, to Dorothy (Stehlin) and Grant McCullough. She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1955, and greatly loved music and singing, and participated in the school choir. Kay also sang in the church choir for several...

  • Doris Ann Begalle

    Feb 22, 2024

    GREEN BAY, Wis. - Doris Ann (King) Begalle, age 85, passed away at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay after a short battle with lymphoma. Doris was born in 1938 to Marie (Carignan) and Dona King in Cornell and grew up on a farm in Flat Rock. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church through most of her lifetime. She was united in marriage to Robert "Bob" J. Begalle on July 12, 1958. They lived in Bessemer, Michigan, for 11 years before moving to Flat Rock. Doris was a homemaker, who was...

  • Sylvia Ann LaMaide

    Feb 22, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Sylvia Ann LaMaide, 88, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield, with her family at her side. She was born on Dec. 14, 1935, in Ashland, Wisconsin, a daughter of Robert and Laura (Englund) Magnuson. On Aug. 8, 1953, Sylvia was united in marriage to the love of her life, Maxin G. LaMaide, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ashland. She was a lifetime member of the Auxiliary to the...

  • Sally Louise Tourville

    Feb 22, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Sally Louise Tourville, 90, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield. A lifelong resident of Gogebic County, Sally was a much loved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. Sally was born on Oct. 29, 1933, in Wakefield, to Arvo and Marion Torkko. She met and married Ronald Tourville, and they spent 51 wonderful years together before his passing on Dec. 14, 2007. Sally and Ron owned the Dandee Bakery in downtown...

  • Linda Kay Fredrickson

    Feb 22, 2024

    HEEARTLAND, Wis. - Linda Kay (Marshall) Fredrickson, age 67, passed away Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024. Born in Milwaukee to Audrey June (Chipman) Marshall on Sept. 5, 1956, Linda was raised in Montreal, and later resided in Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, California, and Virginia before returning to Wisconsin. Throughout her life, Linda always spoke fondly of her time spent in Waukegan, Illinois, and Montreal. Linda graduated from J.E. Murphy High School of Hurley, in 1974 and often reminisced about her...

  • Muriel Bernice Rostollan

    Feb 15, 2024

    AUBURN, Mich. - Muriel Bernice Rostollan passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, after a short stay at Auburn Fields Assisted Living and Memory Care, Auburn, Michigan. She had just turned 99 years old and had recently celebrated 78 years of marriage with the love of her life, Walter E. Rostollan, who became 100 years old last July. We know she is now in heaven with her Lord and Savior, waiting for his arrival. Muriel Johnson was born in Oulu, Wisconsin, on Jan. 18, 1925, the daughter of Estrid...

  • Lorraine L. 'Pud' Anderson

    Feb 15, 2024

    MARENISCO, Mich. - Lorraine L. "Pud" Anderson, 99, a longtime resident of Marenisco, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield. Lorraine was born on Dec. 20, 1924, in Ashland, Wisconsin, a daughter of Reinhold and Laura (Rominske) Ryskey. She attended Roosevelt High School in Marenisco and graduated in 1943. On Nov. 3, 1945, Lorraine was united in marriage to Lynard E. Anderson in Chicago. For 25 years, she was employed at the Victor Manufacturing...

  • Jerome William Johnston

    Feb 15, 2024

    LAONA, Wis. - Jerome William Johnston, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Laona. Jerome was born on April 16, 1940, the son of Howard and Germaine (Corcoran) Johnston. Jerome graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan, with the class of 1959. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and proudly served for 11 years. After his stint in the service, Jerome worked with his father running a carpentry business out of their McLeod Avenue shop. He leaves behind his ch...

  • Janet Flinchum Herrick

    Feb 15, 2024

    DENTON, Texas — Janet “Jan” Flinchum Herrick passed away peacefully at her home in Denton, Texas, with her family at her side on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. Janet and her family grew up in Watersmeet, Michigan. She is survived by her son and daughter, Jason and Jessie Valkenaar; her grandchildren, Danielle, Madeline, Tyler and Camryn; her sister, Barbara; nieces Heather Welch Westfall, Ivy Dayter and April Craig; as well as many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Betty; as well as her sisters, Connie, Linda and...

  • Mary Jean Kusz

    Feb 8, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Mary Jean Kusz, "Molly," 93, of Ironwood, passed away on Jan. 22, 2024, at Aspirus Hospital in Ironwood with her family at her side. Mary was born on Nov. 29, 1930, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Laura and Harold Garvey. She graduated from St. Ambrose High School in Ironwood and attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. Mary married Walter Kusz at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in July 1952. They spent just shy of 70 years together. She worked as a bookkeeper and...

  • Jean Barbacovi

    Feb 8, 2024

    HURLEY, Wis. - Jean (Pancheri) Barbacovi, 94, of Hurley, formerly a longtime resident of Bessemer, Michigan, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, while residing at the Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley. Jean was born on June 19, 1929, in Norway, Michigan, to Emanuel and Josephine (Stevens) Pancheri, and attended school in Norway through high school. After her graduation, the family moved to Bessemer and Jean attended nursing...

  • Bonnie Thayer

    Feb 8, 2024

    WINCHENDON, Mass. - Bonnie Thayer, a beacon of warmth and wisdom, departed from our world on Feb. 3, 2024. Born on March 28, 1945, in Ironwood, Michigan, Bonnie's life was a testament to strength, resilience, and boundless love. She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1963. She then received her associate degree from Gogebic Community College in 1965 and her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University in 1967. She dedicated her life to education, guiding countless...

  • Barbara Jean Maki

    Feb 8, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. – Barbara Jean Maki, 80, a longtime resident of Ironwood, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at her home. Barbara was born on Sept. 28, 1943, in Ironwood, the daughter of the late Conrad and Edith (Berg) Swanson. She attended Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood and graduated in 1961. Barbara had a vivid personality, best described as a blend of wit, stubbornness, humor and care. Among her noteworthy traits were her brilliant cooking skills and a knack for...

  • Charles A. La Marche

    Feb 8, 2024

    PENCE, Wis. - Charles "Chuck" La Marche passed away unexpectedly at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay on Jan. 21, 2024. He was 67 years old. Chuck was born in Bessemer, Michigan, to Gardner and Shirley La Marche. He served in the U.S. Army from 1984-1987. Chuck was an avid outdoorsman, and spent countless hours hunting, fishing, riding his 4-wheeler, and taking rides in his Ford truck. He also loved 70s rock and playing one of his 12 guitars. On Nov. 9, 1974, he married Patti Voss, and they...

  • Jasmine Viola Ramsey

    Feb 8, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Jasmine Viola Ramsey, 6, of Ironwood, went to her Heavenly home on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, at her home surrounded by her family. Jasmine was born on July 13, 2017, to Billy Ramsey and Samantha Baumann in Ironwood. Jasmine had autism but she was capable of showing love. She loved to give her mommy hugs and kisses and her sissy, Savannah. She enjoyed going to kindergarten. Jazzy loved playing with her sissy, she liked playing in water and out in the snow. She also liked to play...

  • Pearl Vukelich

    Feb 8, 2024

    PRESQUE ISLE, Wis. — Pearl Vukelich passed away peacefully Jan. 20, 2024. She was born July 21, 1934, growing up in the Chicago area. She spent summers helping her Aunt Hazel, who owned Pine Hills Resort in Presque Isle. She was married to Joe “Bobo” Vukelich and they had a place on Annabelle Lake in Presque Isle. Pearl was a master of many skills. She enjoyed hunting, fishing and her dogs. With a smile and a glimmer in her eye Pearl made the most of every situation. She will be dearly missed....

  • Roger Boe Smith

    Feb 8, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Roger Boe Smith, 76, of Bessemer, passed away on Jan. 21, 2024. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on Oct. 5, 1947, to Arnold and Floyce Smith. Roger joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966 and proudly served in Vietnam, where, despite being wounded and contracting malaria, he safely returned home to Michigan. After returning home, he reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Marcia, and together, they embarked on a long and happy life, being married for the next 49 years. He...

  • John 'Jack' Alfred Engberg

    Feb 8, 2024

    WAUSAU, Wis. - John "Jack" Alfred Engberg, 81, of Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Jack was born May 27, 1942, in Ramsay, Michigan, the son of Willard and Ethel (Mooney) Engberg. Jack was married to the love of his life, Bonnie Kay Peterson, on Oct. 26, 1964. She preceded him in death on Oct. 30, 2014. Jack was a devoted husband and father. He made many great friends in his journey through life. His humor and kindness will live on...

  • Martin Joseph Lipske

    Feb 1, 2024

    HURLEY, Wis. - Martin Joseph Lipske, 69, of Hurley, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, with his loving family at his side. Marty was born on Oct. 30, 1954, to Joseph and Caroline (Boho) Lipske of Upson, "'The center of the universe,"' as he always said. Marty attended Hurley High School and graduated with the class of 1972. He continued his education and graduated from Gogebic Community College and Marquette University with a major in history and minor in philosophy. He then...

  • Gary W. Ellis

    Feb 1, 2024

    SAXON, Wis. - Gary W. Ellis, 88, of Saxon, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, in Beaver Dam. Gary was born on Aug. 25, 1935, in Ashland, the son of the late Clarence and Hildur (Peterson) Ellis. He was a graduate of Saxon High School. Gary was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent time as an MP in Frankfurt, Germany. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he returned to Saxon to run the family farm which he ran until 1989. After selling the farm, Gary worked a few different jobs in th...

  • Betty Jane Kahila

    Feb 1, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. — Betty Jane Kahila, 94, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, at the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital in Ironwood. Betty was born on Sept. 8, 1929, in Ramsay, a daughter of William and Loretta Mae (Armstrong) Kloppenburg. She attended Wakefield Schools. On July 14, 1945, Betty was united in marriage to Elmer William Kahila in Ironwood. He preceded her in death on March 19, 2005. She was a very active member of the All Saints Lutheran Church in Wakefield and a supporting member of the Ladies...

  • James B. Peterson

    Feb 1, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. — James B. Peterson, 80, of Bessemer, passed away from health complications on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024. James was born on May 9, 1943, to Evald and Mary Peterson. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmaceutical studies from Ferris State University in 1965. James worked as a pharmacist for 50 years. He retired in 2015. James was an avid runner and competed in multiple 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and marathons. He helped to design and implement the inaugural Bessemer Hometown Run, held yearly during the Bessemer Fourth...

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